Review: Keeper’s Heart Irish + Bourbon Cask Strength and Single Malt 10 Years Old

Time to round out our Keeper’s Heart coverage with the final two offerings in their core portfolio. Last year, we had the chance to chat about the young Irish and American whiskey mashup brand with industry icon David Perkins, who serves as Liquid Collaborator and Advisor. Perkins had high praise in our interview for a…

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Review: Ten To One Five Origin Select Rum

Ten To One has been doing great things with its rum blending efforts, and its latest release is a permanent addition to the lineup instead of a limited one-off. Five Origin Select includes — you guessed it — give different rums from Trinidad, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, plus one special addition: An 11-…

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Review: Spirits of French Lick Psyche Smoked Gin (Plus Interview)

For the better part of the last decade, Spirits of French Lick in southern Indiana has been under the distilling leadership of Alan Bishop. During this span, SOFL has come to be known for innovative spirits and thinking outside of the proverbial box. However, in April 2024, Alan Bishop announced his departure for an upstart…

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Review: Found North First Date Canadian Whisky

The poet Justin Timberlake once quipped “What goes around comes around.” Early American whiskey culture revolved around rye and bourbon. However, the long thirst from 1920 to 1933 began a shift in American drinking habits. Legitimate and well-aged bourbon and rye were harder to come by during Prohibition. Lighter whiskies smuggled in from Canada and…

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Review: Milam & Greene Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Well, would ya look at that? Our pals at Milam & Greene have released their first bonded whiskey, a permanent addition to the portfolio that is distilled in Bardstown, Kentucky (this one in Autumn 2019), aged in #4 char barrels in Kentucky, then bottled in Blanco, Texas (just a few months ago for this first…

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Review: 2021 Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco DOC

A point of clarity. Tornatore’s Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco is not the same thing as this wine, which is bottled only under its DOC identification of Etna Bianco. The main difference (by my reading) is that Pietrarizzo spends two extra months on the lees before bottling — and in oak barrels instead of stainless steel.  Details…

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Review: Lilith Apple Brandy

For its next trick, the House of Tamworth, known for its evocative gins and crazily flavored whiskeys, is turning to the apple for inspiration. Lilith Apple Brandy is “named for and inspired by Lilith, the fabled figure known as the first woman ever created and the first wife of Adam – an equal to man,…

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Review: 2021 Daou Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District

While Daou‘s lineup is increasingly ubiquitous (we just bought a half bottle of Daou Chardonnay on a recent no-frills Allegiant Airlines flight), it’s still cranking out ultra high-end wines at the top end. Soul of a Lion is its most luxe offering, and we recently sampled the new 2021 vintage release. Dense but soulful, this…

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